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  •  he has choices (2+ / 0-)
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    he is responsible for the words he speaks.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 01:00:05 PM PST

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    •  I'm at a loss (4+ / 0-)

      as to your objections to what Jay Carney had to say in the White House press briefing, which started at 12:41 pm, quite awhile before any of us knew the full scope of the horror. The little cherrypicked remark was in response to a direct question. For your edification, here are excerpts from that presser, the entire transcript of which can be found on this site or here.

      Q    Jay, if I could ask about -- in connection with the shootings, yesterday and today, obviously tragic events.  Do these raise limiting handgun violence or other gun violence on the President's list of priorities in any way?

      MR. CARNEY: We're still waiting for more information about the incident in Connecticut. As we do, I think it's important on a day like today to view this as I know the President, as a father, does; and I, as a father, and others who are parents certainly do -- which is to feel enormous sympathy for families that were affected and to do everything we can to support state and local law enforcement and to support those who are enduring what appears to be a very tragic event.

      There is I'm sure -- will be, rather, a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates, but I don't think today is that day.

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      Q    Law enforcement authorities are telling multiple media outlets that more than a dozen schoolchildren have been killed in this incident, and more than 20 people I think killed.  You seem shaken.  A lot of us here feel shaken.  Certainly there is something from the President’s response to this news that doesn’t confirm any details specifically, but just news reports that you could share with us that would allow us to understand his personal human reaction.

      MR. CARNEY:  Sure.  I appreciate the question, and I would just say that those news reports have come since I’ve come out here.  So I can’t confirm victims, and therefore, not being able to confirm victims, it’s hard for me to give you a reaction of the President to reports of victims, especially children.  I can just tell you that as a father, incidents like these weigh heavily on him, and I think everyone who has .  But I prefer to provide you more information once I have children can imagine the enormous suffering that accompanies an event like this, if you what you say is trueit and once we have confirmed some of the reports that you mention.

      Q    Should we expect the President to address it?

      MR. CARNEY:  I think it’s certainly possible if not likely that the President will have something to say.  I can’t tell you whether or not it’s -- depending on the reports that we’re hearing, whether it’s a statement, a written statement, or otherwise.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

      I just don't get the objection, in the context of the time and place. In my view, it was exactly the appropriate response.
      •  The objection is this: (1+ / 0-)
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        There is I'm sure -- will be, rather, a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates, but I don't think today is that day.
        When Carney says "today" he seems to mean "any time actual people are killed."  When Carney says "the usual Washington policy debates," he makes a life-and-death issue seem like the sort of thing that only wonks, eggheads and nutcases would involve themselves in.  
      •  for your edification (2+ / 0-)
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        Eikyu Saha, diffrntdrummr

        the moral response would have been:

        the day to have begun this discussion passed long ago.

        The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

        by Laurence Lewis on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 05:15:35 PM PST

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